West Bromwich Albion do not look overly likely to make any further additions in the January transfer window.
That’s according to a report by Birmingham Live, who claim that, following the £7m arrival of Daryl Dike, Valerien Ismael will not make any further additions to his first-team squad – unless the Frenchman can shift a number of Albion’s fringe players.
The report goes on to suggest that the 46-year-old Baggies’ boss would be happy to see all of Robert Snodgrass, Kenneth Zohore and Semi Ajayi leave The Hawthorns, while Jordan Hugill may also return to Norwich City following the signing of the USA international.
While West Brom’s signing of an out and out number nine in Dike was undoubtedly a much-needed addition to Ismael’s squad, the news that the Baggies look unlikely to make any further signings this month is sure to have left fans gutted.
Indeed, Albion currently find themselves four points adrift of Blackburn Rovers in second, and seven points behind AFC Bournemouth in first place in the Championship standings, something which indicates the Baggies will have to considerably up their game in the second half of the season if they are to have any hope of securing automatic promotion come next May.
One way of achieving this would be signing a ball-playing central midfielder in January, as, at present, Alex Mowatt, Adam Reach and Jake Livermore have just three Championship assists combined, while additional goals from the middle of the park would also come in useful, as Mowatt is the club’s current top-scoring midfielder with three league goals to his name.
However, with it looking as if the Baggies will have to sell before they can buy in the current transfer window, whether or not any further players come into The Hawthorns this month looks very up in the air at present – something that will undoubtedly be a cause for concern among the Albion fanbase.